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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Cardinal Pell

There's much in the news about the pope choosing Cardinal Pell to head financial reform (not of the Vatican Bank but of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See). I find it odd that most who have commented on this have just ignored the negatives about Pell. One exception was the Australian Jesuit site, Eureka Street, which mentioned ...

[I]t is not hard to compile a list of those who will be glad to see Pell go. It would include most liberal Catholics, many priests who have served under him (one of whom once described him as 'a memory of all those silly stereotypes of authority that used to haunt us as children'), and many of his fellow bishops, who saw him as too eager to please Rome and too prone to do his own thing without acting in concert with them.

Just to reiterate, Pell was the head of Vox Clara, the Vatican commission responsible for the much hated English translation of the missal (read Jesuit Philip Endean's Tablet article on the translation process), and he is a committed foe of conscience. One can also read an essay out about him - The Prince: Faith, Abuse and George Pell by award-winning journalist David Marr (you can read an article by Marr on the book, with some extracts from it at ABC Religion & Ethics). Much of the essay has to do with Pell's handling of clergy sex abuse in Australia. In 2012 I posted a video interview with 30 year veteran Senior Detective in the NSW police, Peter Fox, who alleged a cover-up by the church in Australia and who urged the government to investigate ...

And I linked to Pell's response too in which he took absolutely no responsibility.


Blogger William D. Lindsey said...

Crystal, thank you for drawing together these extremely valuable resources, and pointing out the "deeper" implications of Pell's transfer, which--as you say--some media folks are ignoring.

5:46 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Thanks, William. I first noticed him back when his views on conscience came up some years ago. Apparently, some in Australia were so upset by his views, they sent a letter to the Vatican about it ...

8:10 AM  
Anonymous Richard said...

I agree with William, quality aggregating on this subject. One the many reasons I read your blog

9:38 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Crystal the aggregator :) Actually, it's just that I seem to have a freakishly good memory about some subjects - when they come up, all the stuff I ever read about them seems to pop into my head. The trouble is, those subjects usually aren't very useful ones :)

10:18 AM  

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